PRESS RELEASE, 4/5/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears Glendale officer in officer involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the investigation into the March 29th officer involved shooting on Interstate 75 is concluded.  No charges will be filed against the officer.  

An Attempted Murder charge (Felony 1) was signed against Javier Pablo Aleman on April 1st and filed on April 4th.  If convicted of the charge, he faces 11 years in prison.

On March 29th at approximately 1:30 p.m. Glendale Police Officer Joshua Hilling stopped to assist a pedestrian illegally walking on Interstate 75 near Sharon Road.  Pursuant to normal police procedure, before allowing anyone inside a squad car, the person and all bags carried by the person must be checked.  When the Officer went to pat down Aleman for officer safety, he drew a knife on the officer and the officer then shot Aleman one time in the abdomen. 

Aleman was transported to University Hospital where he underwent surgery.  He is still hospitalized to date.

Aleman is wanted by the Baltimore County Maryland Police Department on a warrant for a 2016 homicide.  His Hamilton County Attempted Murder charge will be disposed of before he can be extradited back to Maryland to face the homicide charge.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “The tendency on the part of the public is to Monday morning quarterback these situations. As prosecutors, we have to look at what the officer is confronted with and how he is trained to respond.  In a rare case where an officer clearly disregards his training and uses unnecessary and excessive force we won’t hesitate to pursue charges.  That was certainly not the case here.

Our local police officers deal with dangerous and stressful situations on a daily basis and use their training to make sure that no one is injured or killed.  In this case, Officer Hilling used incredible restraint and only fired one time at the armed suspect who kept advancing and demanding that the officer kill him.  This situation could have ended very differently had Officer Hilling not responded with such restraint.  Anyone who watches this video has to be incredibly impressed with how Officer Hilling handled the situation.”